As a result of increased activism and declining ticket sales, SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. decided last year that it would stop the performance of theatrical orca shows, as well as its orca breeding program, at the 11-orca San Diego park. The final show at this park will take place on Sunday.
These particular orca shows often featured killer whales doing various tricks for the audiences at the requests of a trainer.
Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the director of the documentary “Blackfish” said, “The trainers aren’t safe, and the whales aren’t happy. They’re still just doing manic circles around concrete swimming pools.”
Although this particular show is being stopped, there will be a new show also featuring killer whales and trainer cues, called Orca Encounter; it is being labeled as an educational show, reportedly meant to demonstrate to the public how the animals eat, communicate and navigate in their natural lives.
Al Garver, former orca trainer and VP …
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